PokerStars issued a press release today updating their plans for the much-anticipated re-launch of Full Tilt Poker. The company is making good on its agreement with the U.S. DOJ and plans to reopen the first week of November 2012 with all players (outside if the U.S.) funds available. For residents of France, Spain, Denmark, Estonia, and Belgium players will “pair” their FTP & Stars accounts and use their Stars account to withdraw/ play. Details for Italian players are still being worked on. Players from the United States are still waiting for updates on repayment from the U.S. government. All other players around the world will have access to their funds to play/ withdraw once FTP opens in early November.
U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein ruled a few weeks ago that POKER does NOT qualify as gambling.
Judge Weinstein (NOT pictured above) correctly concluded that the skill needed to consistently win at poker differentiates it from other games of chance.
(Also clearly not the right judge….)
The case could end up being a landmark decision for online poker in the U.S.
(Oh, COME ON! REALLY?!)
Currently the U.S. poker playing population is largely cut off from the rest of the world, but there are still some sites Americans (and the rest of the world) can play at and receive great rewards. Check out sites like Carbon Poker (Merge), Lock Poker (Revolution), or America’s Cardroom (Yatahay) for the best first deposit and rakeback deals.